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First Name
Ana Lucia
Last Name
Professor of History, Howard University
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memory, memorialization, heritage, slavery, Atlantic slave trade, Atlantic World, African Diaspora, public history, comparative, transnational, Brazil, United States, West Africa.
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About Me

I am a social and cultural historian. My work explores the history, memory, and heritage of the Atlantic slave trade and slavery and their social and cultural legacies. I researched and published on topics associated with public debates on monuments, memorials, and museums as well as symbolic and financial reparations for slavery and the Atlantic slave trade.

In the last fifteen years, I authored and edited over ten books and published nearly fifty articles and chapters on these themes. I have lectured in English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, France, England, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, and South Africa. Currently, I am Professor of History at the historically black Howard University in the capital of the United States, Washington DC.

I am a member of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project. I am also a member of the Board of Editors of the American Historical Review. of the Editorial Board of the British journal Slavery and Abolition and of the Editorial  Board of Black Perspectives.  I also serve in the Executive Board of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora. Currently, I am the editor of the book series Slavery: Past and Present, by Cambria Press.

My newest book Slavery in the Age of Memory: Engaging the Past is scheduled for publication with Bloomsbury on October 15, 2020. With examples from West Africa, Brazil, the United States, France, and England, this book explores how different modalities of memory (collective, public, cultural, official) shape the ways slavery is memorialized in various societies where slavery existed or that participated in the Atlantic slave trade. I show that the current debates around slavery are more than simple attempts to come to terms with the past, but rather reveal how the memory of slavery is racialized and framed by white supremacy. My most recent published book is Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History (2017). This work examines from a transnational perspective the history of the demands of reparations for slavery and the slave trade in the Americas, Europe, and Africa. I show that the demands of reparations for slavery are not new. They have a long and transnational history.

Here you can see my words as they were featured in several media outlets in the United States, Portugal, Canada, Brazil, Spain, France, and the Netherlands.


Recent Publications

Slavery in the Age of Memory: Engaging the Past.  London, New York: Bloomsbury, 2020. 272 p.



51eewyxv9nl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History.  London, New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming in 2017. 288 p.


Romantismo tropical: Um pintor francês nos trópicos. São Paulo: Editora da Universidade de São Paulo, 2017. 248 p.


Brazil Through French Eyes
Brazil Through French Eyes: A Nineteenth-Century Artist in the Tropics. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2015. 264 p.


African Heritage and Memories of SlaveryAfrican Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2015. 428 p.



Shadows of the Slave PastShadows of the Slave Past: Memory, Heritage, and Slavery. New York: Routledge, 2014. 268 p.



Politics of MemoryPolitics of Memory: Making Slavery Visible in the Public SpaceNew York: Routledge, 2012. 296 p.



Paths of the Atlantic Slave TradePaths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Interactions, Identities and Images. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2011. 476 p.



Crossing MemoriesCrossing Memories: Slavery and African Diaspora, co-edited with Mariana P. Candido and Paul E. Lovejoy. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2011. 308 p.



Public Memory of SlaveryPublic Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2010. 502 p.



Living HistoryLiving History: Encountering the Memory of the Heirs of Slavery. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 290 p.


Romantisme TropicalRomantisme tropical: l’aventure illustrée d’un peintre français au Brésil. Quebec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2008. 282 p.



Media Coverage
Washington Post, New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Le Monde, Libération, O Globo, O Público
Country Focus
Brazil, United States, France, Republic of Benin, African diaspora
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Atlantic, Caribbean, Latin America, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Emancipation, Human Rights, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Race, Slavery